INTRODUCTION: With Latin America enjoying summer -- a heat wave has hit northern Argentina. And?
INTRODUCTION: With Latin America enjoying summer -- a heat wave has hit northern Argentina. And Buenos Aires, the country's capital, is no longer a summer paradise.
SYNOPSIS: Usually by this time of the year Buenos Aires gets a fair amount of moderate summer rains. But this January the city sizzles under an average daily temperature of 95 degrees fahrenheit (35 degrees centigrade) in the middle of the month. Most of its three million inhabitants are wearing the least formal clothing they can.
In the streets, traders are still selling seasonal goads, but inflation of 200 per cent in the last year doesn't help business. but ice is in great demand as a persistent power shortage in the country has made refrigerators useless.
Public ponds are popular among the youngsters.
Many others neglect warnings and crowd onto beaches along the polluted waters of the River Plate.
Many old power stations in Buenos Aires have been closed. As a result, the city suffers a severe electricity deficit.
Lifts in most of the capital's buildings do not work and air conditioning has become a luxury. The streets of Buenos Aires are dark at night and there is not much light even in a smart bar in the city's elegant Florida Street.